A look inside Belvoir Castle's Christmas décor

Lady Manners shares a glimpse at Belvoir Castle’s Christmas décor where you can have a seven-course Dinner with the Duchess for £295 – after her daughter pleaded ‘financial hardship’ to escape speeding fine

  • Duchess of Rutland has given followers a festive peek at the plush Christmas decor that has decked the 200-year-old Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire
  • Duchess has previously described maintaining the castle as a weekly ‘battle’; running costs alone reach £500,000-a-year, with Covid cutting off vital revenue
  • New addition of £295 Christmas at Belvoir tickets to join a dinner hosted by the Duchess boasts live jazz and a seven course meal complete
  • Will no doubt be a welcome addition to keep the castle going – along with £21 tickets for day visits to the castle – transformed into a festive winter wonderland
  • In October Lady Eliza was convicted of a speeding offence for which she received a reduced £50 fine after pleading ‘financial hardship’  

The Duchess of Rutland has given followers a festive peek at the plush Christmas decor that has decked the 200-year-old Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire this season, courtesy of designer Charlotte Lloyd Webber.

Lady Emma Manners, 57, is chief executive of the estate and shares children Violet, 28, Alice, 26, Eliza, 24, Charles, 22, and Hugo, 18, with estranged husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, who lives in the castle alongside the family.

The Duchess has previously described maintaining the castle as a weekly ‘battle’; running costs alone reach £500,000-a-year, with Covid cutting off vital revenue.

And the savvy new addition of £295 Christmas at Belvoir tickets to join a dinner hosted by the Duchess – boasting live jazz and a seven course meal complete with game from the estate – will no doubt be a welcome addition to keep the castle going. 

The stately home is also offering £21 tickets to view the castle turned into a winter wonderland, and hopes to attract up to 1,000 visitors a day over Christmas, which should earn over £500,000. 

In October Lady Eliza was convicted of a speeding offence – she was driving her Audi at 47mph in a 40mph zone – for which she received a reduced £50 fine after pleading ‘financial hardship’. 

The Duchess of Rutland has given followers a festive peek at the plush Christmas decor that has decked the 200-year-old Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire this season, courtesy of designer Charlotte Lloyd Webber. Pictured: The state Dining Room

The stately home is also offering £21 tickets to view the castle turned into a winter wonderland, and hopes to attract up to 1,000 visitors a day over Christmas, which should earn over £500,000. Pictured :The Elizabeth Saloon

Pictured: The Regent’s Gallery. he stately home is also offering £21 tickets to view the castle turned into a winter wonderland, and hopes to attract up to 1,000 visitors a day over Christmas, which should earn over £500,000

Taking to Instagram, Emma shared a picture as she stood next to a lavish table bedecked with sumptious Christmas decor in a grand dining room with golden walls and family portraits.

She wrote: ‘This year Christmas seems to be more important than ever for families and a poignant time at Belvoir for us to share our home and all the wonderful decorations designed by Charlotte Lloyd Webber. 

‘This year we are also looking forward to hosting our very first dinner with the Duchess evening.

‘On the 10th December, revel in the magic of Christmas at Belvoir with a private tour of the state rooms adorned with sumptuous decorations designed by Charlotte Lloyd-Webber. 

The Guard Room entrance to the castle. Emma wrote: ‘This year we are celebrating the fabulous flamboyance of the High Regency design of my magnificent home’

The Guard Room decorations are seen lit up at night

‘Be seated in the opulent State Dining Room for an indulgent 7- course menu with wine pairings presented by the family’s very own private chef and wine merchant. Sit back and delight in the sounds of choir between each course, moving on to drinks and live jazz in The Picture Gallery.

There are very limited tickets but for those that would like to join me, it would be an honour to welcome you.’

Tickets, priced at £295, offer an ‘indulgent 7- course menu with wine pairings presented by the family’s very own private chef and wine merchant’ in the opulent State Dining Room followed by ‘drinks and jazz in The Picture Gallery.

This is the fourth year that the Duchess has hired Charlotte Lloyd Webber, who runs a theatrical installations company, to present A Regency Christmas.

It sees Belvoir bedecked with a host of fantastical decorations reflecting the property’s history and opened to the public.

Taking to Instagram, Emma shared a picture as she stood next to a lavish table bedecked with sumptious Christmas decor in a grand dining room with golden walls and family portraits

The Duchess Gallery has become an emporium of Christmas trinkets, gifts and decorations

The castle has stood at Belvoir since 1067 and the current building, dating from 1801, is known as one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the country.

The duchess and her children look after the estate, and spent their time in lockdown tending to Belvoir’s landscaped gardens and clearing fallen wood from its surrounding forests.

Belvoir Castle’s seven-course menu 

Canapes: Goats Cheese Mousse with Parmesan & Beetroot Smoked Salmon & Caviar Roasted Duck & Plum 

Belvoir Game Terrine, Orchard Chutney, Warm Toasted Brioche 

Langoustine Bisque With Blue Swimmer Crab 

Champagne, Elderflower & Lemon Sorbet 

Roasted Belvoir Beef Fillet, Seasonal Wild Mushrooms, Port Wine Reduction 

Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Mousse

Belvoir Style Irish Coffee With Petit Four 

Lady Violet has previously said the families behind these stately homes all feel a ‘profound sense of duty’ to preserve them for future generations.

Emma, who grew up on a farm near Cardiff, Wales, has called Belvoir Castle home since her June 1992 wedding to David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland.

The property was also used as the setting for Windsor Castle in the first three seasons of The Crown.

Belvoir Castle has also formed the backdrop for scenes in Young Victoria in 2007, The Da Vinci Code and The Crown – where Matt Smith and Claire Foy filmed in one of the opulent rooms at Belvoir Castle, which stood in for Windsor Castle.

The 356 room castle is themed around classic opulence dating back to the 1700s when it was first restored, with the bedrooms boasting four poster beds, rich tapestries, fur rugs and fireplaces.    

Emma Manners, a church warden’s daughter, moved into Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, in June 1992 after marrying David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, who she met at a dinner party in 1990 and separated from in 2012.

The couple’s marriage broke down in 2012 after the Duke embarked on an affair with a woman who lived on his 15,000-acre estate,

Emma, chief executive of the estate, and David, who are still officially married, both continued to live at the 200-year-old stately home in separate towers. At one point they were both living there with their respective lovers. 

The Duchess has previously described maintaining the castle as a weekly ‘battle’; running costs alone reach £500,000-a-year, with Covid cutting off vital revenue

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